Needless to say the fireworks went off despite the many appeals to stop it. Even an intense thunderstorm couldn't stop them. The Central Park Conservancy even flew in the face of Mother Nature and won.
Region 2 Long Island City Office
1 Hunter's Point Plaza
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101-5407
General information: (718) 482-4900
Central Park Conservancy Fireworks Display.
April 8, 2013
There is a planned Fireworks Display on April 10th in Central Park which will be taking place very close to a pair of nesting red-tailed hawks. The location of the hawks nest is on the 12th Floor of 927 Fifth Avenue which is at the corner of 74th Street and Fifth Avenue. The fireworks is planned to be at Bethesda Terrace in Central Park which is approximately two city blocks away. The noise and bright explosions may certainly cause the mother hawk to abandon her eggs and risk destroying them.
Previous fireworks displays in Central Park takes place New Years, July 4th, and in summer. During these times the hawks are not nesting so when alarmed by the explosions they just fly from their roost. If this fireworks display is allowed the hawks will risk loosing their young.
The Central Park Conservancy, the organizers of this event, is fully aware of the location and sensitivity of this red-tail hawk nest and is demonstrating a total lack of respect for the hawks and for the laws protecting them.
The resident Urban Park Rangers in Central Park monitor this Red tailed hawk nest daily and can very easily be consulted by the Central Park Conservancy.
This red tail hawk patriarch has experienced seven years of failed hatching following the interference of his nest in 2004. It has taken him that much time to recover from the hands of unthinking and uncaring human beings. Please do not allow another mishap for this bird which already has enough problems to cope with.
Penalties for Violating the Migratory Bird Act
It is a federal crime to violate the Migratory Bird Act, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Types of violations may include:
Deliberately hunting protected birds
Poisoning birds with improperly used pesticides
Poaching birds for sale as pets
Destroying nests or disturbing nesting birds
Raising baby wild birds as pets
Raising abandoned baby wild birds with the intent to release them
Collecting wild bird feathers, nests or eggs
Punishments for these violations can vary based on the severity of the offense, the birds affected and the record of the individual charged. Misdemeanor violations can lead to fines up to $500 and up to six months in jail, while felony violations (typically crimes connected with an intent to sell, trade or barter birds) can have fines up to $2,000 and up to two years in jail. If multiple birds are affected, sentences can be stacked, leading to far more substantial fines and lengthy jail sentences.
DEC Region II
Regional Enforcement Coordinator
Dr. Fawzy I. Abdelsadek
Phone: (718) 482-4507
Environmental Conservation Police
Captain Francisco Lopez
Phone: (718) 482-4885
This email also went to David [Douglas] Blonsky, Pres, CPC.
Please write or call the CPC to ask them to cancel the fireworks portion of this event.
Sent: Tue, Apr 9, 2013 11:11 am
Subject: Fireworks in the Park, Apr 10, 2013
Dear Ms. Greenleaf,
Why in the world is the Central Park Conservancy increasing the number of fireworks displays? As a former DPR employee and a Central Park patron for 37 years, I am extremely disheartened by your plans to begin fireworks displays at this sensitive time of year, the beginning of the Spring Bird Migration.
First it was New Year's Eve, then at the first Philharmonic Concert and later after EVERY summer concert.
Now, during the time of the Spring bird migration with many birds already preparing nests and some already sitting on eggs, including the famous red-tailed hawks, Pale Male and his new mate Octavia (73rd and 5th Avenue), I find it unconscionable that you would destroy the peace and harmony of Nature with this unnecessary onslaught of destructive noise.
Fredrick Law Omsted built this park to give New Yorkers a piece of Nature and the solace and beauty that this brings to the human soul.
He built it to give people a refuge of quiet, beauty and serenity - away from the teeming, noisy, chaotic streets.
The Central Park Conservancy increasingly is bringing all the chaos and noise from the streets INTO THE PARK and even amplifying it with these grotesque fireworks displays that sound, look and feel - like an active war zone.
Very sad for the people who care for the park and all of Nature's beautiful creatures who we are privileged to share it with....